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U.P. deer herd fared well over winter

ESCANABA — Thanks to relatively mild winter weather in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Technician Colter Lubben said the department is optimistic about the area’s deer population this year. According to Lubben, the region actually had ...

Surge in U.P. tourism predicted

ESCANABA — While the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the Upper Peninsula’s economy, local businesses may be assisted by a rise in tourism over the next few months. “All indications are now we’re on an up trend for people coming this summer,” Tom Nemachek, executive ...

U.P. Energy Task Force meets June 9

ESCANABA — The U.P. Energy Task Force’s next meeting is Tuesday, June 9, and will include an explanation of how electricity is transmitted throughout the Upper Peninsula. The Task Force will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. using Microsoft Teams with time allotted for discussion about the ...

Panel OKs $1.2B coronavirus bill; visitation rules relaxed

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened. The state, meanwhile, relaxed rules so people can ...

U.P. State Fair acts announced

ESCANABA — The U.P. State fair has announced the grandstand entertainment lineup for this years fair. Acts include county musician Josh Turner, rock bands Hairball and Buckcherry, as well as tribute bands Heart to Heartbreaker and Crazy Babies. Other acts and grandstand attractions have yet ...

County OKs loan for fair authority

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners authorized a request from the U.P. State Fair Authority for a $200,000 extension to its existing loan with the county Tuesday. Delta County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vickie Micheau spoke to board members via Zoom during a board ...

COVID-19 cases remain stable in local area

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths caused by the virus. Delta County had a total of 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths, Schoolcraft County had four confirmed cases and Menominee County had eight confirmed cases. Elsewhere in the ...

Escanaba City Hall is reopening

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Hall will reopen to the public beginning Monday, June 8, at 7:30 a.m. Residents entering the building will be required to wear a mask and to limit in-person interactions as much as possible. Customers are still able, and encouraged, to pay their utility bills on-line ...

Youth honored for saving family from fire

GLADSTONE — Landon Phillips, a seventh grader at Gladstone Public Schools, received a Citizen Appreciation Certificate Award recently from the Gladstone Public Safety Department for saving the lives of his family when their home caught fire in the early morning hours of Monday, April ...

Esky finalizes utility hike in split vote

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council approved utility rate ordinances for the city’s 2020-21 fiscal year, including significant water and wastewater rate increases, on second reading after public hearings were held in a special meeting Monday. Under the Escanaba City Charter, council is ...

DNR: Bears came to Esky looking for food

ESCANABA - A black bear weighing about 200 pounds was removed from a tree in Escanaba Friday morning — just days after another bear was removed from a tree elsewhere in the city. According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Technician Colter Lubben, these incidents ...

Upper Peninsula virus cases at 115, 17 dead

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula had 115 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths caused by the virus as of Monday morning, according to michigan.gov. Delta County had a total of 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths, Schoolcraft County had four confirmed cases and Menominee County had ...

Whitmer lifts order for majority of Michigan

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan’s nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor moved ...

Some schools continue food distribution

ESCANABA — School district staff have been providing meals to students since schools closed just after March 15. Now the 2019-2020 school year is almost over, school districts will either discontinue the program, or continue it using a similar food distribution program. The current weekly ...

Child Advocacy Center adjusts for coronavirus

ESCANABA - Representatives of the Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center say the center has adapted to the coronavirus pandemic and the effects COVID-19 has had on the issues the center deals with. The Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center serves Alger, Delta, Menominee and Schoolcraft counties. ...

States enter into various stages of reopening plans

EDITOR’S NOTE: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

Second bear removed from Escanaba

ESCANABA — Less than a week after Escanaba's last bear-related incident, a bear was removed from a tree on the 200 block of Lake Shore Drive Friday. Scott Johnson, the owner of the home where Friday's incident took place, said he had not noticed a bear in his tree at first. "The DNR came ...

Businesses, offices begin reopening

ESCANABA — As COVID-19-related restrictions in Michigan continue to be lifted, a number of local businesses have recently been able to reopen. Some restaurants in the area are once again serving dine-in customers. Among these restaurants is AppleWood Eatery & Espresso Bar, owned by ...

Taking steps to prevent skin cancer

ESCANABA — May is skin cancer awareness month. There are simple ways to protect yourself from skin cancer, an abnormal growth of skin cells most often found on parts of the body exposed to the sun. Certain things that are associated with skin cancer include, but are not limited to, ...

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck was arrested and charged with murder Friday, and authorities imposed an overnight curfew to try to stem three nights of often-violent protests that left dozens of stores burned and looted. Derek ...